So I've had this side plate from my dad's circa 1976 Jotul 602 kicking around since last fall when he repalced it with a new one. I figured that I would hang it in the wood shop for nostalgic/conversation purposes. A few weeks ago my wife and I are having a discussion about having the ugly 5 gallon bucket near the stove to hold wood. Bingo, a wood box. The light goes on and the plans have been forming in my head for several weeks. About a month ago I grabbed a mahogany pallet from work with lots of clear wood on it. I figure this is just what I needed, but after laying out pieces, I knew I would be short on wood. Also pallet slats, being about 1/2" thick have no real estate to set fasteners into them without splitting issues. Just two weeks ago, I acquired a free oak childs bureau from probably the 1930's that was pretty beat, but with lots of good wood on it. Quick figures in my head and I knew this would work. The potential pieces. Ripping the frame from the back top. I kept the two middle pieces. Pieces that will be the top frame. Bottom scallop was removed. Before. After going through the surface planer. The side plate was cleaned, primed and a few coats of charcoal thermolux paint was put on that gave it a satin sheen. I put dadoes in the frame of the box to accept and secure the lip of the side plate. The cup pull on the side was from an old workbench. I still have to find the other one to finish the project. Various pieces were stained to darken and match the others. It received two coats of poly to finish. The inside bottom was poplar slats from a pallet. It may be more like a kindling box for some, but it holds about 8-10 splits which is plenty for us for a full day running the stove. So this piece of the family stove is now immortalized and put back into use to enjoy. Side with cup pull. Top. Back. The holes are from original dadoes that I may or may not fill. The back was made from the side of the bureau turned on its' side. Bug hole detail top right. Part of the challenges of this project was to hide any defects of the wood, but also show certain ones, and bring out the beauty of the grain that was under a tired old finish. This will wait until November before it goes into service.